Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Sunday it was “highly likely” that Scotland would hold a new independence referendum before 2020 after Britain voted to leave the European Union.
Asked on ITV’s Peston on Sunday programme whether she would anticipate a second Scottish referendum before 2020, Sturgeon said: “I think it is highly likely given the situation we’re in … If anything what has happened since then has probably made me think that even more so than I did the morning after the referendum.”
Scotland voted by a large margin to remain in the European Union, while overall Britain voted to leave in a referendum that has reignited talk of a split between Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom. Scots rejected independence two years ago.
(Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; Editing by Mark Potter)